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Today's e-Reads: Google Chrome Makes Its Mark,Online Gambling Could Be a Boon

Although Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is still the most popular Internet browser, Google’s Chrome made impressive strides in 2011 and is now the second-most-used browser worldwide, Mashable reports.

Tech companies such as Facebook, Zynga, Apple, and Google could be among those profiting from online gambling, the The Wall Street Journal reports.

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 1:40pm

Things We Know for Sure About Apple's Upcoming Media Event

Before we get carried away with 2012 Apple rumors, let's get the facts straight about what the tech company's media event later this month entails. Two sources have now confirmed that Apple will hold an event at the end of January, according to respectable bloggers AllThingsD's Kara Swisher and TechCrunch's Alexia Tsotsis. As with all things Apple-related, for this supersecret event the company has teased the press with just enough information to churn the rumor mill. But before the gossips start talking iPad 3s and TVs of the future, let's parse the facts.

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 1:40pm

Has Anti-Washington Mood Distracted Iowa Caucus-Goers?

CARROLL, Iowa--Maybe it’s not the candidates’ fault that the Iowa electorate--and, more broadly, the Republican nominating process--has herked and jerked toward Tuesday night’s finish, contorted beyond all reasonable prediction.

And it might not be the fault of the fickle electorate or even, heaven forbid, the superficial political press.

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 1:40pm

Perry Supporting Dewhurst For Senate

Welcome to phase two of the Texas Senate race.

The Lone Star State will host one of this year's earliest Senate primaries (April 3), and just three days into 2012, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is involving himself in the contest, as is one of former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz's most prominent national allies, the Club for Growth.

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 1:40pm

Santorum's Last Stand in State of Fence-Sitters

ALTOONA, Iowa -- Bullhorn in hand, Rick Santorum made his final pitch. It was his 380th or so event in the state that will launch the Republican nominating process.
"Lead and be bold,'' he urged his audience, his words echoing back at him from the televisions in the Pizza Ranch restaurant tuned to C-SPAN. "If you do those two things, you will have done your jobs as Iowans.''

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 10:40am

A Partisan Approach

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, R-Minn., is preparing a package of education bills to reauthorize the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, responding to a plea from the Senate for House legislation that would allow a conference committee to proceed. Kline's committee is expected to vote on two bills in February, one addressing teacher qualifications and another to change the law's current accountability provisions (the ones that require all public-school kids to be at grade level in reading and math by 2014).

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 10:40am

Romney Walks Back Prediction That He Would Win Iowa Caucuses

GOP hopeful Mitt Romney on Tuesday walked back his previous prediction that he would win the Iowa caucuses, saying on MSNBC’s Morning Joe "I don’t think I quite said that."

“At this stage I think it’s hard to predict exactly what’s going to happen,” he said. “I think I’ll be among the top group. I don’t know whether it’s one, two, or three.”

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 10:40am

Santorum: We're 'Going to Do Well Tonight'

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum whose poll ratings are soaring in Iowa, told ABC’s Good Morning America his campaign is “going to do well tonight” at the Republican caucus in Iowa.

Santorum said his campaign spent less than $2 million in Iowa while leading candidate Mitt Romney spent much more. He credited his success to doing things the “old-fashioned way” and raising support through voter contact.  

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 10:40am

Public Policy by Extension

The countdown has begun to the Jan. 31 deadline when the current authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration expires. At the last check, lawmakers were no closer to a resolution on their disagreements than they were in September. The contentious dispute about how rail and aviation workers vote for unions has been kicked up to House and Senate leaders, who continue to be distracted by other issues.

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: Romney's Closing Argument

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Iowa Republicans head to the caucuses tonight as Romney looks to score a surprise victory. Meanwhile, Snowe may get another Democratic challenger, the DGA raises $20 million in 2011 and Scott Brown emphasizes (again) his bipartisan credentials. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 9:40am